- 31-year-old boyfriend pleads
A girl who connived with her boyfriend to report a purported abduction is in police custody, Standard Gazette can authoritatively report.
The girl, 17, a secondary school leaver, was arrested along with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Christopher, 31.
The duo had been dating for six months before they hatched the plans to extract money from her guardian, whom she had described as "over-protective."
They first met on social media and had their first date around Upper Lawani street in Benin city in October 2021.
Standard Gazette gathered that the girl met Emmanuel again on 26 January 2022, and she agreed to spend quality time with him.
They both hatched the plan to dupe her guardian during one of her visits to Emmanuel.
While she enjoyed three nights with her lover, Emmanuel called her guardian to introduce himself as a kidnapper, demanding N500,000 ransom.
The young lover also spoke with her guardian to authenticate the abduction, reiterating that she had been abducted.
SG learned that Emmanuel received N20,000 for call cards before the worried family reported the matter to the police.
As police closed in, the girl came out of hiding and confessed her involvement.
She narrated her ordeal. "My uncle that I stay with do not allow me to go out. My boyfriend and I agreed to orchestrate a false abduction so that I could spend more time with him. I am really ashamed now that the secret is revealed'.
On his part, the male suspect Emmanuel Christopher said," we have been dating for over six months now. I really needed her to spend time with me, and we then created a fake kidnap story.
"Yes, l collected N20,000 from the family. I have not used the money at all".
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs, said, " we will thoroughly investigate this matter to find out if the male suspect has done such criminal matter with other ladies in the past. After our investigation, we will decide the next action to take".©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.